The event’s theme came from Psalms 33:11–12 “The counsel of the Lord stands forever. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance”.
Africa Continental Director of the "All Africa Purpose Purpose Driven/PEACE PLAN Initiative "who also serves as Board Director of Rwanda Prayer Banquet USA, Eric Munyemana shared the crucial role of churches in Rwanda and challenged community leaders from across the US to organize similar prayer banquets in their respective states.
The event’s guest VIP speaker was Peter Greer, who serves as the President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In addition, he has co-authored 10 books, including Mission Drift, The Giver and others.
Greer spoke about loyalty to some of the groups people dentify with such as Team Rayon Sports; and encouraged the audience to unite as Team Jesus. He shared stories from Hope Intl’s work in Rwanda, and stressed the importance of communities coming together to build each other up.
H.E. Ambassador Mukantabana Mathilde, who was also attending the event thanked the congregants for dedicating Rwanda in the hands of God and prayed for unity, peace, prosperity and political stability in Rwanda. She then asked the community leaders who were representing different communities from across the US to come forward, so that one of the pastors could pray a blessing over each of them.
Antoinette Kanyabutembo who founded the Rwanda Prayer Banquet also thanked the sponsors and participants for their support, presence, and contribution, and encouraged everyone to stay united in prayers for the greater good of Rwanda.
The event was also marked by a number of inspiring gospel music performances by Gaby Rugabirwa and Deo Mbera; the group New Song; Eliane Gihozo and Rinna Mamboleo; and a touching solo performance by Nelly Munyemana.